• Snug

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: snŭg, IPA: /snʌɡ/
    • Rhymes: -ʌɡ

    Origin

    From dialectical English snug (tight, handsome), maybe from Proto-Norse *snaggwu-. Compare snöggur (smooth), Old snög (neat), snygg.

    Full definition of snug

    Noun

    snug

    (plural snugs)
    1. (British) small, comfortable back room in a pub
    2. (engineering) A lug.

    Adjective

    snug

    1. comfortable; cosy (cozy); satisfactory
      • 1853, Melville, Herman, Bartleby, the Scrivener, in Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories, New York: Penguin Books, 1968; reprint 1995 as Bartleby, ISBN 0146000129, page 2:I am one of those unambitious lawyers who never addresses a jury, or in any way draws down public applause; but, in the cool tranquillity of a snug retreat, do a snug business among rich men's bonds, and mortgages, and title-deeds.
    2. close-fitting
    3. Close; concealed; not exposed to notice.
      • Jonathan SwiftLie snug, and hear what critics say.

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    Verb

    1. To make secure or snug.
      • 1967, William F. Nolan and , , May 1976 edition, ISBN 0553025171, page 15:He snugged his Gun into its tunic holster, checked the scope on his Follower and left the room.
    2. To snuggle or nestle.

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